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The Citizens' Police Academy provides citizens and buiness owners or managers with a better understanding of the St. Petersburg Police Department. The academy consists of eight (8) weeks of instruction. Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Police Department’s Basement Training Room located at 1300 1st Ave N. Attending the academy will not certify you to work as a police officer, but it will give you insight into police work and you'll have fun along the way.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics, applicants will be subjected to a limited background check to determine their suitability. The check will be limited to criminal history and warrant information. The information will not be used for any other purposes nor shared with any other persons or entity.
The St. Petersburg Police Department has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen's Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.
The purpose of the Citizen's Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The academy creates a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services.
Graduates of the academy are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.
The academy consists of an eight-week class which meets once a week. Each class consists of a three-hour block of instruction every Tuesday night from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors, with particular expertise, will conduct each topic.
The academy is held at the St. Petersburg Police Department Basement Training Room, 1300 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg
All classes are free.
A vital part of the Academy is participation in a variety of "hands-on" learning experiences. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to "Ride-a-Long" with a patrol officer during his/her shift, or sit with a communication center dispatcher.
Any interested citizen who resides or works in the City of St. Petersburg is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the academy.
Citizens 18 years of age or older.
NOTE: All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.
An application may be mailed to you by calling 893-7128 or can be picked up at:
St. Petersburg Police Department
Community Awareness Division
1300 First Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33705